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Language!: 500 Years of the Vulgar Tongue

 
 
Author
Jonathon Green.
Publisher Atlantic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781848878983
Pages/Publication Date 419/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73946
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Britain's foremost lexicographer of slang—having been responsible for the Chambers Slang Dictionary, the Slang Thesaurus, Slang Down the Ages, and the multivolume Green's Dictionary of Slang—Jonathon Green here traces the development of slang and its trajectory through society, and offers an impassioned argument for its defense. Often dismissed as bad language or swear-words, slang, Green argues, is a "counter-language," the language that says no. Born in the street, it resists the niceties of the respectable. It is language's film noir, its banana skin, its pin that pops pretention—it can be cruel, but also inventive, creative, and very often funny. It represents us at our most human, and Green's exuberant and rewarding work uncovers an oral history of marginality and rebellion, of dispossession and frustration, showing how slang gives a vocabulary and a voice to our most guarded thoughts.

"In his relentless campaign to drag slang out of the sewer and brothel and into the drawing-room and academy, Green has no rival. He is the Dr. Johnson of slang, its Putin, its Mr. Toad, its Dickens."—Daily Telegraph (London)

"Exhilarating.... Green is an elegant, caustic, knowledgeable writer, always lucid, never patronizing, always entertaining."—Times (London)

 
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